And The Winner Of The August Political Junkie Primary Contest Is ... : It's All Politics Lots of people who entered my August Political Junkie primary election contest predicted Joe Miller over Lisa Murkowski in Alaska.  But no one got them all correct, and thus no one -- once again -- wins the contest.
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And The Winner Of The August Political Junkie Primary Contest Is ...

That's right, you guessed it.  Nobody!

Once again, no one got every primary contest correct.  And that is not surprising, given the upsets in the Colorado GOP Senate (Buck over Norton) and gubernatorial (Maes over McInnis) primaries, and of course the shocker in Alaska (Miller over Murkowski).

But was it really a shocker?  As it turned out, lots of people — Nicole Johnson of Keller, Texas; Julie Blaha of Ramsey, Minn.; Joanna Muffoletto of West Seneca, N.Y.; Catana Barnes of Reno, Nev.; Sean Walbeck of Bellingham, Wash.; Paul Cannon of New Bern, N.C.; Mark Pachankis of Vivian, La.; Richard Rector of Centreville, Va.; Ben Larrimer of Bexley, Ohio; Emily Spilman of New Paltz, N.Y.; Israel Leas of Sacramento, Calif.; Mark Gorman of Alexandria, Va.; Nathan Greer of Spanish Fork, Utah; Fred Noye of Elliottsburg, Pa.; Michele Smith; Chris Brown; Julie Alderman; Larry Williams; Maria Nissen; Joshua Melvin; and Pete Giordano — ALL predicted Joe Miller.  I'm sorry for the seemingly endless list, but this was, to me, a total surprise, and clearly, it was not a surprise to them.  What was especially impressive is that everyone had to have their predictions in by Aug. 2 — some three weeks before the Alaska primary.  And they all got it right.  Bravo!

But, alas, no one got them ALL correct, and thus no one wins the grand prize of authentic Nixon and McGovern campaign buttons from 1972.  Here's how everyone did.